dig™: Dig: World History and Archeology magazine for kids


Maine Archaeology Month takes place in October. Information can be found by September on the Maine Archaeological Society Web site at: http://www.mainearchsociety.org.

The famous Fort Knox, built in 1844, is a well-preserved fortification located in Bucksport. Teachers can take classes on school tours or check out the website's list of educational resources on Fort Knox and the Civil War. The fort is open May 1st through October 31st, with the grounds open year-round. For more information, call (207) 469-6553 or visit the website at: http://fortknox.maineguide.com/fofk.html.

The Hudson Museum, located at the University of Maine, showcases many permanent and temporary exhibits, hosts special events, and features lectures from distinguished scholars. Check out their Maine Indian Gallery, now featuring a life-size wigwam. Students age seven and up can participate in Maine's only indoor archaeology site, through the Explore Archaeology school program. For more information, call: (207) 581-1901, or visit: www.umaine.edu/hudsonmuseum/.

The Acadia National Park awaits visitors to come and explore the history and wildlife of one of Maine's well-preserved parks. Demonstrations and hikes are available for children of all ages. For more information, visit: http://www.nps.gov/acad/index.htm.

Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor is presenting Layers of Time: 75 Years of Archaeology at the Abbe Museum. This exhibit examines the Abbe Museum's role in the archaeology of Maine since 1928. The exhibition explores what the museum's research has taught us about Native American life in this region over thousands of years. Layers of Time includes artifacts from a number of Abbe excavation projects and an area for hands-on activities to engage young visitors in archaeology and artifact analysis. For more information on the Abbe Museum or any of its events, call (207) 288-3519, or visit its Web site at: www.abbemuseum.org.

Maine State Museum offers a number of exhibits that represent Maine's history. One exhibit, 12,000 Years in Maine, examines Maine from the end of the ice age to the arrival of Europeans. Special attention is given to a Paleo-Indian meat cache, tools and weapons made and used by native peoples, an overview of possible food sources available to the Archaic Indians, a reconstruction of an archaeological dig site, and material from early European explorers. One of the museum's education programs, Relief Rubbings, focuses on the symbols represented in petroglyphs from Embden and Machiasport. Participants discuss the possible meanings of the symbols and make rubbings. For more information, call (207) 287-2301, or visit its Web site at: www.state.me.us/museum/.